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Obituaries 08/10/2023

William Aubrey Avant, Jr.

WATER VALLEY – William Aubrey Avant, Jr. went home to be with the Lord on Sunday August 6, 2023 at the Mississippi Veterans Home in Oxford after a brave battle with an extended illness. He was born August 3, 1946.

Known to everyone as “Sonny,” William was a hardworking, dependable man who would help anyone who needed it without question. He was a second generation proprietor of Avant Farms, as well as a 23-year Army veteran, serving in Vietnam and Desert Storm. Sonny was a member of the Pine Valley Volunteer Fire Department. He was also the president of the Pine Valley Historical School House Association and the Yalobusha Cattleman’s Association. Sonny was a devout Christian and a member of Turkey Creek Baptist Church in Pine Valley. Sonny enjoyed working with his hands and was always proud of a job well done. He also loved spending time with his family and friends.

Sonny leaves behind one son, David Lyn (Tracie) Avant of Pine Valley; four grandchildren, Katie (Keltrick) Fowler and Kevin Avant, both of Water Valley, Cheyenne (David) Fair of Knoxville and Jonathan Pruitt of Byhalia; one brother, Harry Avant; one great-granddaughter, Aaliyah Harden; and four nieces.

Sonny was preceded in death by his parents, Mary Goodnight and William Avant, Sr. as well as one brother, Joe Avant (Vietnam)

Visitation is scheduled Friday, August 11, in the Gardiner Room at Seven Oaks Funeral Home from 10 a.m. until noon. The funeral Service will follow at noon. Burial will be in Turkey Creek Cemetery.

Bonnie Mae Bland Sims

Bonnie Mae Bland Sims departed this earthly life on Tuesday, July 25, 2023. She was born May 21, 1953 in Water Valley to the union of Sylvia and Willie Bland.

Bonnie accepted Christ at an early age and united with Everdale Missionary Baptist Church. She received her formal education in the Yalobusha School District, graduating from Water Valley High School in 1971. Bonnie was united in holy matrimony to Bobby Sims, Sr. on July 1, 1972, and enjoyed 51 years of marriage. Two sons were born to this union, Gerric M. Sims and Bobby Sims, Jr.

Bonnie had worked as a child care provider for special needs children at Fort Campbell, Ky., Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, Ga. and at Fort Hood, Texas. She enjoyed home decorating, gardening, shopping and spending time with family and friends.

Her homegoing service was held Saturday, August 5, at Bayson Chapel M.B. Church with Rev. Amos Sims officiating. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Hooker Funeral Home in Clarksville, Tenn. and Serenity-Daniels Funeral Home in Water Valley.

Bonnie leaves behind a loving husband, Bobby Sims, Sr.; two sons, Gerric (Tiffany) Sims and Bobby Sims, Jr.; a grandson, Marcel Sims; a sister, Catherine (Ed) Wright; a brother, Benjamin Bland; nephews and nieces, Bobby Tyrone (Monica) Campbell, Catherine N. Campbell, William Anthony (Stephanie) Campbell, David Lynn Bland, Lyntonio Bland, Antonio Bland, Linda Bland, Brandon Torrance, Jaleesa Torrance, Jason L. Bland, Exavier Bland and Brandon Torrance; 12 brothers-in-law; two sisters-in-law; and host of cousins, friends and members of the Water Valley High School Class of 1971.

William Clowney Vaughn
“Dub be good”

JACKSON – W.C. “Dub” Vaughn, age 75, of Jackson, passed away August 4, 2023. He was born September 7, 1947 in Water Valley.

As a Vietnam Veteran in the United States Army, W.C. developed a love for travel and adventure. He was a true patriot who loved his country. He loved refinishing furniture, hunting for a bargain, cooking for his loved ones and his church, and following his stock equity and crypto currency investments. He thrived as a real estate broker and investor for over 40 years in Jackson, mentoring several newcomers to the business. He worked hard until the day he died, having recently purchased a cottage in Water Valley to spend his last years in his hometown.

He loved “his girls.” His last words to his wife as she laid her cold hands on him to get warm were, “I have got to keep my girls warm.” And her last words to him were, “I love you, Dub.” As a grandfather, he went by Papa Dub. Being a grandfather meant the world to him. He finally had some boys. He loved taking them for adventures in the woods and teaching them lessons he learned over the course of his life. He loved planning yearly family trips to Mexico, the US Virgin Islands, cruises and more. He had a mischievous side that kept everyone both on their toes and laughing. Over the course of their marriage his wife coined a phrase for him –”Dub be good.”

He is survived by his wife, Mary Lu Vaughn; his two daughters and sons-in-law, Cathryn (Luke) Borer and Meagan (Jayson) Backes; and his grandsons, William Borer, Henry Borer and Elijah Backes. He is also survived by his sister, Bonnie Mitchell, and his brother, Pete (Darnell) Vaughn. His death was preceded by his parents Ruel and Cathryn Vaughn.

For all of his Water Valley and north Mississippi friends, a graveside service was held on Tuesday, August 8th at Oak Hill Cemetery at 11 a.m. Later in September a Celebration of Life will be planned and held in the Jackson metro area.


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